And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It would be futile to try to explain the depth and intensity of the suffering Jesus went through on the cross.
- Separated from friends like a criminal
- Brought before His peers to be mocked and spit on
- Led to Calvary beaten and bloody
And in the darkness from the sixth hour until the ninth hour Jesus cries out,
“My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” Jesus made seven statements while He hung on the cross.
Three statements before the darkness-
Asking forgiveness for those who were responsible for Him being on the cross,
Assurance to the thief of eternal life.
Instructions to John to care for His mother.
Three statements after the darkness.
I am thirsty.
Father into your hands I commit my spirit.
It is finished.
But only one was made during the three hours of darkness.
“My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”
Always before it was Father, “Abba”, and the Son.
It was the Son as He was baptised and on the mountain in whom the Father was well pleased. But here in the darkness the Son asks not Abba Father but God,
“why have you forsaken me?”
Was there doubt? Was what Jesus came to do the mission forfeit?
No but through His cry as He hung on the cross we can gain understanding of the terrible price that was paid for our salvation.
At the same time Jesus was hanging on the cross in darkness the lambs were being offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the people in the temple. But now as He hung between heaven and earth Jesus became the last sacrifice that would ever be needed.
And in that darkness the weight of every sin that had ever been committed or ever would be was laid on Jesus.
And in that darkness there was wrath. Because sin brings the wrath of God, and the wrath that we deserved was taken by Him
And In that moment for the first time the Beloved Son experienced separation from the Father.
In that darkness because Jesus took on Himself the sin of all who ever lived or ever will God turned His back on the Son.
And in that darkness as He cried out “my God my God why have you forsaken me?” It was not a question of the love the Father had for the Son, but “why have I been left here so long.” All of the pain and torment that he had experienced in His last hours on earth did not compare to that moment of separation He felt from the Father.
But as He said “into Your hands I commit my Spirit” He knew it was worth it. The glory for Jesus and for all of us beyond the cross far exceeding the price that was paid. And finally,
It is finished.